Local Food Resource Hubs
The Local Food Resource Hubs Network supports residents to grow their own fresh produce. The Hubs are neighborhood networks of residents, organizations, congregations, and businesses who support each other to grow, cook, preserve, and compost their own fresh produce. Members can take advantage of our bulk-buying program for seeds and plants, participate in classes and events, and share resources with other members in their neighborhoods.
Click HERE to see how much food Hubs members are estimated to grow in 2013 and how much carbon will be sequestered from the atmosphere!
Stay tuned for Hubs membership information for 2014!
What are the Local Food Resource Hubs?
The Hubs are community based networks of residents, organizations, and businesses supporting each other to grow, cook, and preserve fruits and vegetables and increase health and access to fresh food.
How does this program work?
By becoming an engaged member, you become part of a network of people building a vibrant and inclusive local food system. There are many opportunities to participate, including social events, workdays, classes, and connecting one-on-one with other members. You pay a small membership fee and choose the garden package of seeds and seedlings that best suits your needs.
How is the Hubs Network organized?
Each Hub operates individually but collaborates with other Hubs across the Hubs Network. Gardening Matters facilitates this collaboration. Members are encouraged to get involved locally. Once a year, all members gather to give feedback and plan the next year. We are committed to making the Hubs Network inclusive, democratic, and welcoming, and the program is constantly evolving to best meet the needs of members and the community. Each neighborhood Hub may have different local components, based on each community’s interests and needs.
How do Hubs contribute to communities?
Hubs members help create healtheir, more resilient communities by giving residents an opportunity for better access to fresh produce and opportunities for exercise through gardening. Hubs are networks of neighbors who are connecting around food, but those networks have the potential to be utilized for any community initiative. Gardens improve the local environment by reducing pollution, preventing erosion, and increasing biodiversity.
Where can I find a place to garden?
Gardening Matters can connect individuals with community gardens. Yards 2 Gardens also maintains a database of available yards on their website: http://www.y2g.org/.
How is the Hubs Network supported?
The key to the Hubs Network is an engaged membership, working together to build a strong community. When people volunteer and share their talents, the entire network becomes stronger. Anyone can support the Hubs with donated time, skills, supplies, and/or financial support by contacting us. Many neigbhorhood and organizational partnerships help make the Hubs work!
Can I join if I don’t need seeds and seedlings?
Yes! If you don’t need seeds and seedlings, you can still become a member and participate in events, take classes, volunteer, and build connections with your neighbors.
The Hubs are supported in part by the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support through the Statewide Health Improvement Program; Homegrown Minneapolis; Afro-Eco; CAPI; Pillsbury United Communities at Waite House; the Northside Fresh Coalition; Cultural Wellness Center; Ventura Village; Corcoran, and Powderhorn Park neighborhood associations; Southeast Como Neighborhood Improvement Association; Little Kitchen Foodshelf; East Side Food Co-op; Hamline-Midway Coalition; East Side Prosperity Campaign; Healthy West 7th Coalition; Growing West Side, and many neighborhood partners.